Reading List: Dystopia

Submitted by teenspace on May 17, 2010 - 4:58pm

Dystopia:  an imagined future in which a worst-case scenario is explored - the opposite of Utopia.

Feed by M.T. Anderson
Imagine a society dominated by the feed, an Internet/television hybrid that is directly hardwired into the brain.  Titus never questions his world, in which corporations dominate the information stream.  But everything changes when he and his pals travel to the moon for spring break.

Taken by Edward Bloor
In 2035 kidnapping rich children has become an industry, but when thirteen-year-old Charity Meyers is taken and held for ransom, she soon discovers that this particular kidnapping is not what it seems.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss' skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.  First in a series.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Gone by Michael Grant
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.  First in series.

Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Thirteen-year-old Bethany's parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

Rash by Pete Hautman
Living in a future society that has decided it would "rather be safe than free", sixteen-year-old Bo's anger control problems land him a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork.

The Carbon Diaries:  2015 by Saci Lloyd
In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents this first year as her family spirals out of control.  First in a series.

The Declaration by Gemma Malley
In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient "surplus" training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.  First in series.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.  First in series.

The Last Book in the Universe by W.R. Philbrick
After an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins to heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
In the distant future, when cities move around consuming smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answer in the perilous Out-County, aided by one girl and the memory of another.  First in series.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Fifteen-year-old Daisy runs away to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to survive until they turn eighteen.

Memory Boy by Will Weaver
Sixteen-year-old Miles and his family must flee their Minneapolis home and begin a new life in the wilderness after a chain of cataclysmic volcanic explosions creates dangeroud conditions in their city.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous.  What could be wrong with that?  Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait.  Not for her license -- for turning pretty.  In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time.  In just a few weeks Tally will be there.  But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty.  She'd rather risk life on the outside.  When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-and it isn't very pretty.  The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine:  find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.  The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
In the near future, Kayla finds herself running for her life when she refuses to get the mandatory bar code tattoo on her seventeenth birthday - a decision that renders her a social outcast and places her family in grave danger.  First in series.

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I agree! I will do that soon. Thanks for the suggestion!


You need to add Divergent.

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